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'Chercher consollation.' L'exercice de la censure dans les consistoires méridionaux

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This chapter uses the examples of four different early modern consistories from southern France, including one situated in the Principality of Orange, an independent territory governed by the House of Nassau, to examine each of the steps from the detection of the fault all the way to excommunication. In reality, excommunication was rarely invoked. There was but a single case for Courthézon and one for Dieulefit, none at Gordes or Cabrières d'Aigues. The consistories mostly censured people because of religiously mixed marriages, quarrels and moral shortcomings. Given the painful events surrounding the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the churches used every possible means short of excommunication to avoid "rejecting" the faithful.

Keywords: Cabrières d'Aigues; Courthézon; excommunication; House of Nassau; southern France



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